Holland Public Schools distributes technology to K-8 students during shutdown

Holland Middle School principal Nick Cassidy checks with a parent on the number of Chromebooks she needs for her children. Photo: Brian Vernellis/Sentinel staff Holland Public Schools took an additional step in regards to distance learning on Monday in the midst of the shutdown brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. The district invited families to come to their respective buildings to pick up an iPad or Chromebook for their K-8 students. Pickups were held at each elementary school and the middle school from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the exception of Holland Language Academy, which had a pick up day on Friday, March 20. Superintendent Brian Davis said district employees did a great job rallying

Wayne-Westland district expands all-online program to middle schoolers

While most Michigan schools, restaurants and events are closed or canceled due to novel coronavirus COVID-19, it's business as usual for students in the Wayne-Westland Online Learning program. The program was launched four years ago geared toward high school students who couldn't find success in a brick and mortar setting. Wayne-Westland Community Schools district expanded the all online program to middle school this academic year and is hoping to eventually reach primary grades. For middle and high-schoolers, the district is enrolling now for the 2020-21 academic year. "We saw a lot of students who were having difficulties being in the building," Amanda Pelukas, the director of the program,

State Education Leaders Urge National Waiver of State Assessments

The legislature is currently addressing waiver issues related to the impact of COVID-19 on K-12 schools. The need to resolve these issues quickly is clear. A letter was sent to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, asking to grant a nationwide waiver of statewide student assessments. That letter was written by State Superintendent Michael Rice and State Board of Education President Casandra Ulbrich

Western Michigan building statewide alliance to get more teachers of color in classrooms

Western Michigan University is doing its part to help bring a diverse pool of new teachers into the field of education amid a statewide teacher shortage. The WMU College of Education and Human Development brought students, educators and school leaders from across the state together in an effort to recruit and retain teachers of color at the inaugural “Inspiring Future Teachers of Color Conference” Saturday, Feb. 29. The conference was an opportunity to create a statewide pipeline network among people working individually on increasing the number of teachers in Michigan, said Marcy Peake, director of diversity and community outreach initiatives at the college. “Let’s get together in the same

Kimberly Carter, Battle Creek Public Schools' superintendent, relishes role as African American

Battle Creek Public Schools Superintendent Kimberly Carter says she works to be a disrupter in her community. (WWMT/Sam Knef) Kimberly Carter worked in education for more than a decade before she rose to the position of Battle Creek Public Schools superintendent. For Black History Month, Newschannel 3 followed Carter one morning as she visited a classroom at Fremont International Academy. “How’s everybody? Good morning Ms. Oliver!" Carter exclaimed as she entered the room. When her packed schedule allows her to, Carter said she gets to do her favorite thing: read to kids. “Kids know this is the book that makes grown ups have to say silly things," Carter said, holding up one of her favorite b

Middle Cities welcomes Andraé Townsel, Benton Harbor Area Schools' new superintendent

Photo: telegram.com Dr. Andraé Townsel is the new man in charge of the Benton Harbor Area Schools. His mission is to turn around the long-struggling district both financially and academically but he knows it’s going to be a challenge. "The very first thing to do is really build relationships with people, get trust. Getting trust is one of the hardest things to find and to establish that trust right off the bat,” Townsel said. In only his second week as Benton Harbor Area Schools’ Superintendent, Townsel is trying to quickly get to know the students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community hoping to get them to buy in to his vision. "I have to make very difficult or tough decision

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